Guglielmo sets Hopkins passing record, knowing predecessor couldn't be happier

Area colleges

November 14, 1991|By Paul McMullen

John Guglielmo holds the Johns Hopkins record for passing yardage in a single season, and the previous holder of that distinction gladly let go.

"I'm happy to have the record, but it probably has more significance for Coach Margraff," Guglielmo said. "Part of him is responsible for me getting it."

Jim Margraff quarterbacked the Blue Jays from 1978-81. He threw for 1,836 yards as a freshman, a figure that wasn't surpassed until this fall. Guglielmo is one of the most productive quarterbacks in Division III, having completed 167 of 298 passes for 2,256 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Margraff was the Blue Jays' rookie head coach in 1990, when TC Guglielmo's development was slowed by an injury. He took fewer snaps than then-freshman Scott Cade, and completed just 35.1 percent of his passes. A junior from Carmel, N.Y., Guglielmo has looked like a totally different player this fall.

"Essentially, everyone was a freshman a year ago," Guglielmo said. "We learned the system as the season progressed. This August, after one week, our whole offense was in. It helps that all five of our starting offensive linemen returned.

"Personally, I had to change the way I was approaching football. This past summer was the first I stayed in Baltimore, and I did a lot more running and throwing than I did in 1990. You don't realize how playing catch improves your athletic ability until you try to do it every day."

Running post patterns this summer were center Joe Dietz and offensive guard Brad Davis. Guglielmo has had more conventional targets this season: Sophomore Joe Richards has 51 catches for 968 yards, and fleet freshman Gary Campbell has 45 for 507.

Hopkins (5-3-1) can complete its best season since 1985 by beating Western Maryland (4-5) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Westminster. The Blue Jays have won eight straight over the Green Terrors. A less positive Hopkins trend: It went 4-0-1 at Homewood Field, but has lost three straight on the road.

* A pair of standout running backs fell short of career rushing records at their respective schools.

Frostburg State's Rory McTigue began the season strongly, and in late September had an outside shot at the Bobcats' mark of 3,163 yards established by Rich Prather from 1979-82. He missed one game with an injury, however, and 788 yards this year give him a career total of 2,622 heading into Saturday's season finale at Charleston Southern.

Regardless of the outcome, Frostburg State (7-2) will finish with the state's best record for the third straight year.

At Bowie State (4-5), Butch Wilson finished with 2,180 yards on 443 carries, threatening the total of 2,322 racked up by Milton Carr in the 1970s. Wilson did get a school record last week, when he gained 205 yards against Central Connecticut.

Wilson, senior offensive lineman Scott Messick (Broadneck), junior linebacker Ed Gregory, sophomore defensive back Gary Beckford and freshman defensive lineman Tracy Ledbetter were second-team all-star selections in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. With Ledbetter most prominent, Bowie State had seven of the 25 spots on the all-freshmen team.

* Saturday is NCAA qualifying day for cross country. For Navy, the IC4A gathering at Lehigh is the road to the Division I meet Nov. 25 in Tucson, Ariz. The Frostburg State men and Middle Atlantic Conference champion John Robinson of Johns Hopkins are strong candidates for the Division III meet Nov. 23 in Newport News, Va.

* Loyola's Tara Vinje, a junior from Loch Raven, is the volleyball Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Vinje guided the Greyhounds to their first MAAC title; she was the team's leader in five different categories and among the nation's best in serving aces.

* With a nine-year mark of 91-68-17, Towson State soccer coach Frank Olszewski is steadily gaining on Doc Minnegan, who won 156 games in 29 seasons . . . Essex Community College won the Region XX title for first-year coach Sonny Askew and will play in the NJCAA tournament in Trenton next week . . . Goucher's Percy Moore, a freshman out of Paint Branch High, had 18 goals and was a first-team all-star in the Capital Athletic Conference.

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